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Monday 18 June 2018

Jiving duo get Footloose and light up Late Late

Brian Cullen and Gail Cummins
Brian Cullen and Gail Cummins

David Looby

Two fleet footed New Ross dancers who are competing in the Geraldine O'Hanrahan Strictly Pub Dancing competition got 'footloose 'and lit up the Late Late Show stage on Friday night.

Wearing line dancing jeans and shirt attire, Gail Cummins and Brian Cullen impressed on the stage as host Ryan Tubridy, the audience and the nation looked on.

The two naturals have no previous dance experience outside of this Strictly Dance show, unlike the two dancers they were competing against.

Their choreographer April Coady said: 'They've worked tirelessly and their hard work paid off with a great performance.'

The Late Late Show put a call out to amateur dancers to submit a video of themselves performing and Brian and Gail, aided by April, made a video. The two had only been dancing together since before Christmas and had to change their routine the day before the show when dancers' performance time was cut from two minutes to one.

April said: 'I cut down the routine to one minute but that meant the whole routine had to re-choreographed to fit in all the lifts and jumps. They did Trojan work and I've gotten hundreds of messages saying we were robbed, such is the support from the people of New Ross who were watching the show.'

Recorded in front of a studio audience, the dancing duo were judged on their Footloose performance by The Dancing with the Stars judging panel.

The Geraldine O'Hanrahan GAA Club Strictly Pub Talent finals night - which takes place on Saturday, February 24 - is now sold out, with around 450 tickets sold.

Taking place at the Brandon House Hotel from 7 p.m., with dancing starting at 8 p.m., this promises to be a great night. Ten pubs have taken part in the competition and 20 dancers will be strutting their stuff, after months of rehearsals with all eyes expected to be on the Late Late Show team of Gail and Brian.

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